Ray Yeung has been telling queer Asian stories for years and people are finally taking notice

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06/25/2021

In the ongoing conversation about LGBTQ representation, sometimes the need to expand beyond the American zeitgeist gets lost. Last year, writer/director Ray Yeung managed to do just that with his critically-acclaimed film Twilight’s Kiss. In it, Yeung confronted two hereto-little investigated areas of queer life: Aging queer seniors, and the LGBTQ community in China. For him, the story began after stumbling on several real-life stories of older men in Hong Kong who were in love with other men. As he told Queerty in February of this year: “I came across this book called Oral Histories of Older Gay Men in Hong Kong. The book is a collection of 12 interviews of gay men who are in their 60s or 70 years old…After I read it, I thought it was very interesting. It’s a topic we very rarely touch on within the LGBTQ community but within cinema in general. Stories about older people are rare. I decided to recreate a story really, not really based on any one of them, but the spirit of it. Imagine what it would be like if [they met as older people] and fell in love.”

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